Decca signs singing Benedictine nuns

Debut album of Gregorian Chants due in Nov.

PARIS -- Decca Records says a group of Benedictine nuns in southern France will record an album for the British label.

Decca is part of Universal Music, which produces albums for stars like the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Amy Winehouse, U2 and Lady Gaga.

The nuns of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de l'Annonciation near the southern French city of Avignon were chosen following a worldwide search for female Gregorian chant performers.

Their debut album, "Voices: Chant from Avignon," will feature an ancient style of the Gregorian Chant which the nuns at convent sing at least eight times a day starting before dawn.

This style of music first gained a popular audience through Enigma's run of chart successes in the 1990s.

The album release is planned for November.